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Brian Kalet11 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2016

Brian Kalet

With Odakota Mountain, Bear Mountain, Crooks Tower, Terry Peak, "Sylvan Peak", Little Devils Tower, 6750, Atlantic Hill, 5688 & 5460.
Posted Jan 14, 2018 9:11 pm

CurtissimoBeautiful place great energy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2017


Loved the views, air, and ambiance. Highly recommended, a very sacred and peaceful place.
Posted Aug 7, 2017 9:25 pm

panhandletrailsOne of the Black Hills best hikes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2014


This hike was a pleasant change-up from most of my other hikes in the Black Hills region. Great views and perfect weather for the day.
Posted Jul 16, 2015 5:11 pm

mattdalmangreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2015


Almost felt like we were trespassing.
Posted Jun 25, 2015 2:30 pm

mountaingazelleBear Butte  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2015


This was a great hike near Sturgis. I can see why many people are drawn toward the mountain.
Posted Jun 1, 2015 9:13 pm

AF_HikerGreat view.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2012
Hiked up after seeing the visitor's center. Many Native American prayer flags along the trail. The trail is pretty well maintained. The area closer to the summit was still recovering from a fire when I visited. I liked the viewing deck on top.
Posted Jan 27, 2014 12:09 am

Stu BrandelSolemn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2013

Stu Brandel

A solemn hike up, almost every tree marked with native ceremonial flags. I heard flute and drums as I ascended - no lie - someone was playing in a cave about half way up.
Posted Sep 29, 2013 11:32 pm

Larry LavertyThe Sound of Footsteps  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Larry Laverty

I have just a small amount of Native blood in me, but certainly enough to appreciate the spirit of this place. Whether along the base or along the trail or on the top, I took stock of standing on the same ground that many Native people have stood on, important people including Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull. I felt this place.
Posted Mar 30, 2013 7:38 pm

espreckBeautiful VIew  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2012


Great View of the front range and beyond from summit!
Posted Oct 18, 2012 10:46 pm

Jeremy HakesBummer of a fire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012

Jeremy Hakes

Great hike, wish it wasn't burned. I think the BM is under the platform...
Posted Sep 16, 2012 12:33 am

kavakSummit Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2012


I have always wanted to hike this since my first visit to the Black Hills in the 1980's. The trail is rocky but very obvious with wood beams used as borders. There is a platform on top with unobstructed views in 360 degrees. The temperature was in the low 80's but could be alot worse if this is done in the summer. Lots of prayer flags all over...
Posted May 21, 2012 11:05 am

xpdaMade it!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 1996


Went with Boy Scouts from Pryor. A butterfly rode down on me.
Posted Aug 10, 2011 6:08 pm

ErikaRNFirst butte ascent!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2008


Beautiful views. Hiked this on a visit to Rapid City with my boyfriend. He is a native of the area and had never climbed it. Along the trail there are many prayer flags.
Posted Oct 17, 2010 1:13 pm

climber555easy hike  Sucess!


Hiked to the summit many times. Views of sturgis and the Black Hills are awesome.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 2:31 pm

eric-grizSeveral Times  Sucess!


A really remarkable hill. Bear Butte looks to me like someone dumped a huge pile of sand in the middle of the prairie.
Posted Oct 8, 2009 10:32 am

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